PHILLIPS' MUSIC WAREHOUSE, Canon Street, Aberdare. BARGAINS IX SECOND-HAND PIANOS Piano by Brinsmead," List Price, 56 Guineas Gash Price, 25 Guineas. Piano by "Squire," List Price, 46 Guineas; Cash Price, J625. Piano by Selbv," Catalogued at JS30 For Cash, £ 15. Heuiy's Piano Tutors, Post Free, In. ód. For the next few weeks will send, on receipt of 12 Stamps, a 4s. Comic Song jxwt free, or Half-dozen (selected) at 4«. post free (24s. worth of latest Comic Songe). GREAT BARGAINS IN AMERICAN ORGANS.
ABERDARE. THE "jf]MPiRE ]yjlI8IC HALL, Recreation Grounds (Entrance, High-street). MA.VASBR Mf). W. EVAN'S. FIRST-CLASS ARTISTES Admissifti. 6d., la., 2s. Half-price at 9 o'clock to an seats except gallerv. TRT POWELL Axn SON'S Pure Home-made LKKAD and CAKE—Gadlys Shop (opposite Public Park), Aberdare. Orders taken for HOME-MADK CAKE. Prompt delivery to any part of town. —Lady Lewis, The Mardy, accompanied by her two daughters, anived in England on Friday last, after an extended tour in Egypt and the East. ^—Mr. T. C. Edwards, the new bandmaster of the Ytguborwen and Aberdare Brass Band, is the well- known secretary of that influential organisation known as the South Wales and Monmouthshire Brass Band Association, and is likely to make a lengthened atayatAberdare. —Members of the Devonshire County Team who were playing against Glamorgan on Saturday last at Neath, departed in a frivolous mood. One of them asked an apparently farmer's wife what she thought of the match; the woman replied that she knew nothing of the game, nor had she seen it at all. Well," said the Devonian, "You start kicking your Husband in this way (suiting the action upon some bye-stander), and keep at it for forty minutes; then tell him that is the way they play football at Neath." —The workmen's club f-t Aberdare has a total membership of 249, and finds amounting to £500. They have a library of 600 volumes, and have paid away during thepastycar in charities sums amounting to nearly £50. At the Aberdare Police-court, the magistrates sitting granted the nomination of two overseers for the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for the parish of St. Margaret's, Mountain Ash. ^-Before the Police-court Mr. J. W. Evans, solicitor, applied for permission to put a tenant in the Royal Oak Inn, Aberaman, as Mr. James Linton (the father of the well-known Welsh elyclist) had gone to Paris, and had sent the keys back. "-One of the prisoner." who was arrested for the Aberaman melee told the magistrates that anyone would think the constables were coming to take an elephant when they came to his house, because they were six in number. —The leaflet issued by "The Committee" in support of the candidature of Mr. R. H. Rhys for the School Board is not exactly what it should be. It ^ys: The efficiency of our schools compares favour- ably with those of any Boara in the kingdom." What about our friends t'other side of the hill'; Thirty-two out of their thirty-five departments got 'excellent," and only nine out of our thirty-nine. We are ahead of Merthyr in everything pretty well, but must take a back seat in the matter of education. Again, "The Committee" say the rate in Merthyr Js 2s. 6d. No, it is only h. lid., and out of that 9d. is One for arrears which the Board is not responsible for. The actual rate for the year is only 18. 2d. Mr. R. H. Rhys should have looked after The Committee" better than this. DR. GEOHGE FISHKR, after a long illness, died on Sunday morning. He was the medical officer of the George Pit and Lletty Shenkin Collieries. OPERATIC SOCIETY.—This well-known society are Jwging ahead in grand style with their Christopher Columbus" lx>ok, and the Aberdare folks have a treat 111 store for Easter Monday and Tuesday next. INTERESTING PRESENTATION.—At a choir supper, Presided over by Lieut.-Colonel Thomas Phillip, at the Highland-place Unitarian Chapel, on Thursday evoning, a beautifully illuminated album was pre- sented to Miss Jones, one of the members of the church, on her departure from the town. The Presentation was made by Mr. Lewis A. Williams. SACKED CONCERT.— At the Temperance Hall, on Sunday evening, the Ysguborwen Brass Band, under the leadership of the new conductor, Mr. T. E. Edwards, gave one of their sacred concerts. Mr. Harris presided. When the band opened the pro- ceedings there were a good number present. The following took part-Miss Richards, Trecynon Mr. E. Powell, and Mr. Fred Mason. ANNCAL DINNER.—The annual dinner of the Aberdare Workmen's Club was held on Thursday I under the presidency of Mr. C. M. Lewis, London and Provincial Bank. An admirable dinner had heen prepared by Mr. W. Caunt, and the visitors County Councillor J. W. Evans, Mr. T. F. honias, Cynon Tin Works, Inspector Bareham, J. nOWells, secretary, and others. OBITIWRV.—Mrs. Williams, formerly of Penllwyn, ^ynon, Ystradyfellte, passed away on Saturday ^orning at Fed whir, Aberdare. The deceased lady's 'ather was one of the Mathewses of Cwmpoeth, and her mother was of the well-known Morgan family of lorthmawr, Y stradyfellte. She was thus a descend- ^Bt of two of the oldest families in Breconshire. She had been a widow for many years. Soon after the s*d death of her son (who, it will be remembered, fell r,r«r a quarry near Yagubor Vawr, Penderyn, the residence of his mother-in-law), Mrs. Williams came to reside with her only daughter, Mrs. Edwards, ^edwhir. Her funeral took place on Wednesday, at stradyfellte Church, and was a public one. MOUNTAIN ASH. —Our Church friends have an eye for business. They intend renovating St. Margaret's Church, and getting up a peal of tails, as a memorial to the late Lord Aberdare. The bishop has sent £ 10, while the ^'icar has contributed £ 100, Miss Lloyd, £ 10, Mr. M. Morgan, £ 10: Mr. E. Jenkins, £ 5, andMr. W. Dally, £ 5. "-A brass band has recently been started by the jnenibers connected with the English Wesleyan Chaj)el. Mr. John Hewett, an excellent cornet Player, is the bandmaster. Here's success. "The Miskin hand-bell ringers deserve to be con- gratulated upon their general proficiency. The sounds of their melodious bells can be heard ll,ghtly outts'de the Miskin Club room. —A lecture on Dr. Hall's wonderful remedy for the cure of disease without medicine was delivered at the •ustitute, Penrhi wceil>er, last Thursday. The subject HI the afternoon was strictly for women only, and the 11Ia1\3 members of the community were allowed to have ft look in at night. —Salvation Army captains were much in evidence at Mountain Ash on Thursday last. The occasion Was a big day with the local corps, who were assisted hy several of the neighbouring battalions. —A valuable addition has recently been made at Miskin a new ash bin has been erected hard by the Bailey's Arms. Evidently we are progressing 111 this quarter of the town. —At a local committee the-other evening held in tl}e place the chairman had several propositions before him on a certain subject, and ventured to put in, Well, gentlemen, how do we stand?" "We are not standing at all," retorted a prominent Welshman, We aie all sitting." Past praying for. —The man named William Thomas, who, it will be remembered, a fortnight ago lost his lady-bird whom he took to be his wife at Mountain Ash, attempted *uieide on Wednesday e ening. Thomas, it appears, had been very much upset by the sudden turn of events. On the night in question the unfortunate tnan planted himself across the rails in front of the 7.45 p.m. Taff. Luckily he was discovered in time by some passengers who were waiting to go by train, and ^vas at once taken up from his perilous position. The sequel of this foolish act warranted Sergt. Smith in locking him up for the night, and the following horning he was conveyed to Merthyr. The magis- trates, after listening to his story, acquitted him with a. caution. —The handsome illuminated address to be presented to the Itcv. J. R. Hosbons has been on view in Mr. Callaway's shop window the last few days. It will 'KJ remembered the rev. gentleman, who was greatly esteemed in the place, left the neighbourhood a short time ago for Melincrythan, near Neath. —A man named Phillip Jones, employed at the Cwtncynon Colliery, and residing at Aberdare Junc- tion, died very suddenly whilst underground early on Wednesday morning. Deceased was in the act of drinking some tea from his "jack," when he was seen to fall. It transpires that heart disease was the cause of death, —The residents of Danygraig-tevrace, a newly- fected part of the town, are loud in their complaints of the manner in which their postal letters are delivered. We have a case in point where a letter arrived in Mountain Ash on Saturday, and did not reach the party it was addressed to in the terrace till ^•45 on Monday morning. This delay was a decided |oss to the individual concerned. It seems the fault not with the Post Office officials, but evidently something must be done to remedy the present state (Jf thing*. We are told that the ordinary delivery of letters takes place within a few yards of the terrace in question. —The fullowing was overheard in one of the street Hotels on Friday morning last. A traveller in the boot laces line, straps for a weak ,vrist, belts, dog collars, etc., called and asked, "Is there any gentleman here that will go iu for a strong llntr of working boot-laces. One of the gentlemen Present held forth Why do you a.^k such a ridicu- hJu;, rjuestion a-3 that, my man": there is no one here that does any work." Mr.KTINN ot' CREDITORS.- On Friday last, at the office of Mr. W. L. Daniel, official receiver, Merthyr, a meeting of the creditors of William Henry Bartlett, fish and fruit salesman, Ffr.vd-crescent, Mountain Ash, was held. The gross liabilities were £ 4016s. 5d., and the deficiency explained £378 10". lid. WphniNc..—On Tuesday, March 26th, at Siloah '"dependent Chapel, Aljerdare, the marriage of Mr. «'aiiies Llewellyn, Cwmbach, to Miss Susan Davies, 0xford-.1 treet, Mountain Ash, was solemnised. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. T. Da vies, Independent minister, Cwmbach. Miss Nelly Johns acted in the capacity of bridesmaids, the bride being g'-ven away by Mr. Owen Llewellyn, Cwmbach. 'lhe weddmg took place froai the residence of the bnda in ^Jxford-btreet. and the wedding party was driven to Auerdare by Mr. J. H. Wiltshire with hn coach and Sreyn. After the ceremony the party dro\e to Moun- tain Ash. SUDDKN DEATH.—Early on Wednesday morning one of the workmen employed on the night shift at Messrs. Nixon's Cwm Cynon Colliery, named Phillip Jones, residing at Aberdare Junction, fell suddenly down and died. It appears the unfortunat-e man was in the act of drinking from his tea" jick when h. fell. Heart disease is supposed to be the cause of death. STARE-BOWKETT SOCIETT.—The annual meeting of this society took place on Thursday evening last, Mr. D. G. Williams, Campbetl-terrace, presiding. The following gentlemen wore re-elected directors for the ensuing year:-Mes."ls. D. G. Williams, W. Richards, T. Edmunds, R. Carpenter, and W. Prol)ert. The balance sh,>et was read by the secretary, Mr. D. Bowen, and showed a satisfactory state of things. The appropriation held during the evening fell to the lot of Mr. Evan Morgan, and was worth £300. WHDDING.—A very pretty wedding took place on Thursday morning, the 21st inst., the contracting parties being Mr. John Bowen, Cardigan, to Miss Ann Samuel, Newcastle Emlyn. The wedding took place from the Cloth Hall, Mountain Aeh, and the interesting ceremony was performed at the English Baptist Chapel, Pontypridd, by the pastor of the place. The bride, who was handsomely attired, was given away by her brother, Mr. T. B. Samuel, Cloth Hall, Mountain Ash, whilst the part of the brides- maid was charmingly carried out by Miss Frances Samuel, sister to the bride. Quite a shower of rice was rained upon the happy pair as the train steamed out of the station. CANTATA.—At Bethania Chapel on Thursday even- ing a grand performance was given of Dr. Parry's cantata The Birds." The cantata was rendered by the Miskin Welsh Independent Sunday School, assisted by the following well-known artistes Sopranos, Mrs. Price Hughes, Misses H. Lewis, and E. Davies contraltos, Misses Lottie Williams, S. A. Roberts, and S. A. Jones tenors, Messrs. J. Lewis, well filled with an appreciative audience, and the conductor, Mr. Evan Davies, deserves great praise for the very able manner in which the proceedings were carried out. The Rev. O. Jones presided. ABERAMAN. —Mr. J. Strong presided over the sacred concert at the Temperance Institution on Sunday night. An interesting programme was gone through. -At Carmel Chapel, a memorial service was held on Sunday evening, when references were made by the Rev. T. Jones, pastor, to the death of Mr*. Mazey and Mrs. Edwards. — The men Samuel, Dally, and Griffiths were brouarht before the Aberdare magistrates on Tuesday charged with assaulting the police at Aberaman. Samuel was fined 21, Dally £ 2, and Griffiths £ 3. EISTEDDFOD.—The English Wesleyan Church resolved upon promoting an eisteddfod to assist in obtaining funds, and this was held at the chapel on Monday last, Mr. E. Wrentmore occupying the chair. In the bass solo competition, Mr. R. Ingram was successful, and the tenor prize fell to Mr. John Thorney. The prize for the soprano solo was divided between Misses G. Collier and A. Evans, as was aKo the contralto, between Mrs. B. Orton and Miss A. Evans. The chief choral competition" Lead, kindly light," was awarded to Mr. J Thorney's party, while the love letter prize fell to Mrs. Hill, and the success- ful impromptu speaker was Mr. Thomas. The music adjudicator wa,,i Mr. Levi Jones, while the literary judges were Messrs. W. Collier and E. Perkins. The accompanists were Messrs. T. Davies and S. Hill. ABERDARE JUNCTION. -Your correspondent" Spero Meliora's predic- tion that life would he lost at that old skeleton known as Ynysyineurig Bridge was very nearly fulfilled last Thursday. A man living in Gertrude-street fell over its unprotected side iuto the river and broke three of his ribs. Had the river been flooded he would have lost his life. This makes the third that has fallen over. Who is responsible, is the question to the fore. —Despatch has for some time been the order with the sinking operations at the Dowlais Company's new pits. They expect to strike the four feet vein a few weeks hence. To ASSIST the widow and young family left by the late Mr. E. Thomas, a native of this place, who recently died after a long illness, a grand concert was held in the School Rooms on Thursday last. Councillor T. Morris presided, assisted by E. H. Battram and T. W. Jones. The artistes included that notable singer, Madame Williams-Penn also Miss Euith Jones, Troedvrhiw Mr. D. Jenkins, Merthyr Mr. E. Jones, Troedyrhiw and others. The affair was a great success. It is hoped that a good sum will thus be realised for this most worthy family. By KIND PERMISSION of the pastors and members, two sermons will be preached on Whit-Sunday, June the 2nd, for the support of the Orphan Fund in con- nection with the Amalgamated Society of Railway servants in the morning at the English Congrega- tional, in the evening at the morecotnmodius Calfaria Welsh Baptist Chapel. For the same worthy object on Whit-Monday the annual tea got np by an engine driver's wife, Mrs. J. Manly, will take place at the English Congregational Church. The concert in con- nection will be held at the afore-named Baptist Chapel, kindly lent for the occasion.
ABERDARE SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION. DECLARATION OF THE POLL. The contest for the above event took place on Monday, and the result was declared on Tuesday. ELECTED. W. J. Heppell, colliery agent. 6,505 Rees Hopkm Rhys, gentleman 5,399 Thomas Railton, colliery manager 4,649 David Price Davies, gentleman 4,345 David Morgan, miners' agent 3,672 Thomas Walters, assistant doctor 3,652 1). M. Davies, Congregational minister 3,589 Morgan Powell, vicar 3,192 R. H. Johnson, clerk in holy orders. 3,109 D. Griffiths, Congregational minister 3,044 William Charles, grocer 2,970 J. Griffiths, Baptist minister 2,924 William James, Methodist minister. 2,724 NON-ELECTED. John Davies, checkweigher 2.723 John Howell, brewers' agent 2,591 I). Thomas, Baptist minister 2,535 Mrs. A. E. Jones, Bronieslyn 2,482 Thomas Davies, Baptist minister 2,287 Henry Davies, checkweigher 2,189 Thomas Jones, Baptist minister 2,118 David Davies, Canton House 1,987 Thomas Lloyd, grocer 1,831 Benjamin Evans, Baptist minister 1,818 William Thomas, Baptist minister 1,589 David Smith, mining engineer 1,366 Thomas James, cattle dealer 594 A singular feature of the polling was that two candidates tied for the thirteenth place, viz., the Rev. William James, Calvinistic Methodist minister, and John Davies, checkweigher, Hirwain, each of whom scored 2,723 votes, and, consequently, the returning officer had to exercise his right of giving a casting vote, which he did in favour of the Rev. W. James. ANALYSIS OF THE VOTING. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 W. G. Heppell 39 30 41 57 29 46 52 10 13 21 5 2 368 Rees H. Khvs 109 101 124 136 87 80 83 15 9 24 5 4 164 Thomas Ranton.. 45 29 36 54 44 65 58 6 3 11 4 0 229 D. Price Dav:eo 91 99 145 240 87 69 49 11 11 6 4 5 86 David Morgan. 92 87 181 171120 92 53 9 9 9 1 1 30 Thomas Walters.. 93 103 139 156 74 73 58 13 2 7 4 1 66 D. M. Davies 49 63 126 200 44 33 22 6 10 9 1 2 107 Morgan Powell" 44 46 93 164 49 51 38 6 3 5 1 2 88 H. It. Johtmtonc 40 33 77 129160 54 68 8 6 7 1 1 38 David Griffiths.. 43 591111581022921 7 2 6 3 1 76 William Charles.. 100 69 109 102 55 54 32 5 12 10 4 2 66 James Griffiths 61 46 78 74 48 26 35 3 4 13 3 1 105 William Jaines 49 47 71 88 69 55 32 9 7 7 4 4 63 John Davies 59 82 83 96 27 33 23 7 2 10 3 4 86 John Howell 65 46 93 61 26 34 27 7 2 3 0 3 96 David Thomas" 27 27 34 34 28 28 15 5 5 11 1 2 121 A. G. Jones 114 72 98 71 47 32 37 3 3 7 2 2 61 Thomas Davies 28 36 51 55 21 30 38 2 3 5 3 4 81 Henry Davies 46 43 63 70 2B 51 34 7 2 4 1 1 59 Thomas Jones. 54 45 62 59 25 33 24 o 3 4 2 4 68 David Davies 58 52 80 90 23 41 25 5 6 13 1 1 34 Tho asLlovd. 49 41 72 164 41 25 11 9 2 1 1 1 21 Reniantin Lewis.. 58 41 84 49 24 22 16 2 6 7 1 0 55 William Thomas.. 27 34 35 33 17 25 11 1 3 7 2 1 62 David Smith 34 16 26 24 14 20 16 1 8 2 3 2 49 Thomas James" 13 12 16 20 16 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 21
BRYNMAWR. MESSRS. BREWSTER and J. Williams, Brynmawr, have just returned home from France, where they had been employed for some three months, viz. in the Basseindre Tin Works. We understand that several other Welshmen were also engaged at these works, but they have all now left with the exception of the manager. THE FcomAL uf the late Mrs. Fowler, Dumfiies- place, whose death we chronicled in our last issue, took place on Wednesday, March 20th, at Brynmawr Cemetery. A large number of friends attended to show their respect for the dead. The Rev. D. Thomas, pastor of the Piesbyterians, officiated at the graveside. WEEKLY MARKET.—Saturday, small attendance, but good supply. Quotations Fresh butter, 18. 2d. and Is. 4d. per lb. eggs, 10 and 12a Is.; fowls, 4s. to 5s. per couple: ducks, 5s. to 6s. per couple; rabbits, 2s. and 2s. 2d. per couple; potatoes, 4s. 6d. to 5s. per cwt. beef, 7d. to 8d. per lb. mutton, 8d. to 9d.; pork, 7d. A REQUISITION has been sent asking the tradesmen to close at three p.m. on the day of the chair eistedd" fod, and we understand that the same has been exten- sively signed. We understand that a cheap train is to be run from Builth Wells to Brynmawr on eistedd- fod day, which will call at Talgarth and other .inter- mediate stations. A large number of entries have been received for the chief choral, brass band, and. juvenile choir contests. WELCOME HOME.- -Wearepleascd to welcome home a former resident of the town in the person of the Rev. T. Hope Morgan. The reverend gentleman was at one time engaged in Messrs. Jones and Morgan's establishment in Beaufort-street, but having a strong inclination to become a missionary, he entered Harley College, Bow, where he had a most successful career. He left college four years ago for the mission field at Lukungu, on the Congo. His ministrations were, attended with much success. THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN
CYCLING GOSSIP. BY WHEELMAN. Merthyr cyclists complain altout the unsatisfactory condition of the track at Pcnydarren Park. For several years past the same opinion has reached my ears. Now that a club has been started in the town the track will be more freely used by wheelists," and it would be very pleasing to many of them to know that the track will he renovated and made fit for the work it will have to do in the coming summer. A correspondent signing himself A Lover of Cycling," writes I was pleased to see your note a couple of weeks ago with reference to local cyclists having the use of the Penydarren Park track. I quite agree with you that Mr. Dan Thomas will not lie un- generous if appealed to by the Merthyr Cycling Club to be allowed to have the use of the track. As to keeping the sand in order, I hear that even now the track wants looking after, and I don't think it would be out of the way if the members of the club paid one penny per week each towards defraying the expense of rolling it and keeping it in good condition. That is provided the Athletic Sports Committee would agree to such terms. We Merthyr men feel a little jealous of the honour that is continually being accorded wheelmen on the other side of the hill, though I do not mean to suggest that the honour is not appreciated. It is time for Merthyr lads to keep up the name of the old town, and not allow Aberdare (" Sweet 'Berda '') to have things all its own way. 1 can point to several men in Merthyr who would make their mark with the wheel without very much trouble. I will content myself, however, with naming one only, Mr. A. Whitehouse, hairdresser. High-street, who has on mere than one occasion done a good bit of sprinting in the Park. The club should make the most of him, as local musicians have done and are doing with the local talent, and not allow him to enjoy the fun all to himself. I am pleased to hear of 1\11-. Whitehouse's abilities on the wheel," and I have an idea that not once, but dozens of times, I have seen him shoving ahead of other competitors on the Park. Here's health and success to you, Mr. Whitehouse, and may the day speedily arrive when you will be classed with my friend Linton, of Aberaman. There is, I learn, no truth in the rumour that several Merthyr ladies have been refused admission into the ranks of the Merthyr Cycling Club. I have discovered, on the other hand, that no applications have been received from ladies in the town, though I do not suppose the club would mind one jot. What say you, brother cyclists? A nice moonlight "run" would be very pleasant, indeed, with the lady cyclist*. The lady cyclists who "flitted through the town on Monday night hailed from Cardiff. Twelve wheelists have been enrolled as members of the Merthyr Cycling Club. The youngest cyclist in Merthyr is Master Price, son of Mr. Fred Price, of trumpet fame. The Merthyr and Dowlais Coffee Tavern. Victoria- street, are the headquarters of the club. A correspondent suggests that the following would be a very appropriate dress for the Merthyr Club :— Grey coats and knickers, trimmed with black braid; forage caps, with silver-plated badge 011 front. Dark stockings and light brown shoes. Bugles to be sluug behind the back. Captain to have decoration on the right arm of the coat also other officials. The same correspondent asks if I could give him an estimate of the cost of such an outfit. Well, I'll look up a few of my old receipts, and see what I gave for my "club rig-out a few years ago. Aberdare cyclists met at the Railway Bar Hotel on Thursday last. The object of the meeting was the opening of the season for the Harlequins Cycling Club. Mr. J. E. Newton occupied the chair. The officials elected for the ensuing season are Mr. Tom Peek president, Mr. W. H. Flook vice-president, Mr. J. E. Newton hon. sec., and Mr. G. Burge treasurer. There are already about 35 members, and the low subscription of 2s. 6d. per annum should induce a much greater increase in the number. I should have mentioned that the captain elect is Mr. Austin Payne, with Mr. Harry Young vice. The Club intend to hold a series of sports this season. W. Itosser, of the Swansea Harriers, was the first of the English amateurs to enter for the Bordeaux- Paris Race (371 miles). Wridgway, of Bath, has also entered. The Aberdare Harlequins C.C. will have a club tour at Easter, the route to be settled on Tuesday next week. Cycling Sports will lie at Bristol on May 4th and 18th, at Cardiff on April 1st, and on Good Friday and Easter Monday at Cardiff, Newport, and LIaneliy. J. Michael and T. Linton were third and fourth in a 100 kilos race in Paris on the 10th inst. In detaching a tyre, always start at the point nearest the valve in replacing, act rice versa. A cycling track is being cut out at Aberaman on the grounds of the Aberaman Works, and the Aber- aman racing men will lie seen no more training on the Public Park. A. W. Harris has arrived in Cardiff Both Harris and James are in fine form for the tussle on Monday next. The Welsh champion is very confident, and the match will no doubt prove very exciting. Last week I announced that Colonel D. R. Lewis had consented to become president of the Merthyr Cvcling Club. This week I have pleasure in announcing that Mr. C. Herbert Lewis, the Unionist candidate for the Merthyr Boroughs, has become the vice-president. I hear that both gentlemen have pro- mised to give the club their earnest support, which means—tell it not in Gath—a few guineas per annum at least. _w I have a word to say this week to the May Day Show Committee, and I trust Mr. Georgo Upham, the energetic secretary, will give the matter his warm support, in addition to bringing this before the committee at their next meeting, l p to the present not a cyclist has taken sny part in the May Day demonstration, but I understand tins year all the cyclists are coming to the fore Would it not be encouraging to cyclists if the committee offered a prize, however small, for the best fancy riding costume, as well as the best looking bicycle ? The Merthyr Club intend taking part in the procession in fancy costme, which will be a novel feature, and woith seeing. What say you, M). lpham V Mr. Alf. Whitehouse, who has won several first prizes, will take part in the athletic sports at. New- port on Easter Monday. 1 On the same day Mr. Harry Whitehouse and Mr. T. C. Comptun, High-ut.reet, will try their kill on the Poutvpool track. I ^isli them success. Before the end of the present cycling geabo i it is ex- pected that the brother-fWbitehouw will ride tandem.
THE MERTHYR WATER BILL. SPECIAL MEETING OF THE COUNCIL. A sj>ecial meeting of the Merthyr District Council was held on Thursoay morning to consider a letter received from the Parliamentary agents regarding ft resolution passed dealing with Clause 20 of the new Water Bill. There were present Messrs. T. H. Bailey, J.P. (chairman), D. W. Jones (vice-chair- man), H. W. Lewis, J. Ll. Atkins, David Davies, David Jamas, W. Bell, J.P., Thomas Thomas, Evan Lewi?, Thomas Jenkins, J P., V. A. Wills, John Roberts, Joseph Owen, and John Lewis. Mr. Evas Lewis said he found that the letter was dated March 11th, but it was not brought before the Council until the 20th, and be would like to know how it was that the clerk had not callod a meeting of tho Council to deal with the matter. There had beea plenty of time to call a meeting hefore Messrs. Dan Thomas and W. Lewis left for London, but the letter had been kept back until the very last moment. It was grossly unfair and unjust to the members of that Council that an important letter like this should have been sent on March 11th and not brought before the Council until the 20th.—Mr. Grimth" said that the letter was sent to Mr. Gwilym James at the National Liberal Club, London, and Mr. Jamea sent it down to him.—Mr. Evan Lewis When was it received here ?—Mr. Griffiths I received it on Monday. It was addressed to Mr. James at the National Liberal Club.—Mr. Evan Lewo It seems to me that every- thing is addressed where it ought not to lie. I should like to know if our chairman has seen the letter before.—The Chairman When Mr. James returned to town he told me of the letter.—Mr. Evan Lewis I must enter my solemn protest against the way this letter has heen kept back. I am not at all satisfied with the explanation given. Mr. David Davies said he should like to know whether the chairman, Mr. Dan Thomas and Mr. William Lewis, and the clerk, who had heen sent up to London to represent tho feelings of that Council, had been in consultation, and if so. how many times ? —The Chairman said he, Mr. Dan Thomas, Mr. William Lewis, and the clerk had a consultation the previous day with the Parliamentary agents. The matter was then thoroughly thrashed out, and counsel was of opinion that nothing could bo altered or added to the Hill without the consent of »nai>solute majority of the Council. They discussed as to the liest means of aieeting the matter, and the previous night he (the chaiiman) received a telegram inform- ing him of the special meeting of the Coun- cil, and he determined to come down from London to discuss the entire matter. He could not say whether Mr. Dan Thomas and Mr. Win. Lewis had the telegrams, as he did not know where they were staying.—Mr. David Davies: Are you :md the others in perfect agreement?—The Chairman: No, we are not. Messrs. Dan Thomas and William Lewis are taking one view of the matter, and as you all know, I am taking another view. I think that the charges which are inserted in the Bill are fair and reasonable, and that the necessities of the case reauire that the charges in the old Act of 1858 ought to be increased. Mr. David Daviea You have been nominated to go up to London to represent the majority of this Council, who passed a resolution by a large majority at a special meeting in favour of eliminating the charges from the Bill, and may I ask you whether you are in London to represent that majority or whether you are there in any other capacity? This is a very important question, and I am anxious at the present juncture to know where we are. Now, sir, I wish to know whether you represent interests other than the interests of the general body of ratepayers. I waut to know whether you went" to London to watch the interests of a certain body or Ijodiep rather than the interests of the Council which sent yon there, and of which you are the chairman, and on whose behalf yon were supposed to go. I think it is only fair that we should know at this meeting in what capacity you, as chairman of this Council, will appear in London. You were nominated by us to go to London with Mr. Dan Thomas and Mr. William Lewis, and you ought to act in harmony as represen- tatives of this Council. If you did not intend to do that, you should have told us so. The Chairman I told you at the special meeting that there was a great difficulty because the resolution was carried by five members only. I took that reso- lution up to London, and I told the Parliamentary agents and the counsel acting for this Council exactly the position* in which we stood, and I asked them what I was to do.—Mr. David Davies: Were Mr. Dan Thomas and Mr. W. Lewis there then t—The Chairman They were not. Counsel said he would look into the matter, and advise us what was the best step to ta.ke, and I suppose the letter just read is the result. Unless 'here is an absolute majority of the memliers of the Council, we cannot make any altera- tions or deviate from the Bill. Mr. Thomat; Thomas May I ask you what date you saw counsel in the absence of Mr. Dan Thomas and Mr. W. Lewis 1—The Chairman At seven o'clock on Monday evening, the 11th of March. — Mr. Evnn Lewis And thin letter is really tho outcome of the consultation you then had with counsel ?—The Chair- man Yes, 1 presume that is so.—Mr. Evan Lewis And no 0110 was there ou behalf of the ratepayers and this Council except yourself?—The Chairman: Myself and the clerk.—-Mr. Evan Lewis And did tho clerk and yourself agree entirely in respect to clause 20 of the Bill ? —The Chairman I don't know what the clerk agrees with.—Mr. Evan Lewis You should have told us your position before you went to London. The Chairman I should like to put this matter right. At the special meeting of the Council I said it was unfair to the general liody of the Council to leave me as chairman, with a known opinion as to clause20, to go up to London and give evidence before the Com- mittee of the House of Lords, and I suggested that aF< Mr. Wiliani Lewis and Mr. Dan Thomas had taken such a prominent part in this matter, it would be well for the Council to send them up to London, so that they could put their views before the Committee. I don't desire that anything should be done in an under- handed way, but I have every desire that the matter should be thoroughly thrashed out. I am only trying to do what is fair and just, and there is no doubt that the Parhlmeutary committees will take care to safeguard the interests of the ratepayers and water consumers of the district. Mr. D. W. Jones said he thought the chairman's statement was perfectly satisfactory. The chairman informed tho special meeting of his position, but in the face of that the Council decided to send him up to London to give evidence. It was unfortunate that the clerk did not inform them at the special meeting that their resolution was nugatory. Personally he was strongly in favour of increasing the present water ,charges to find money to bear the expense of the new reservoir, but he certainly thought that a resolution passed by a majority of the Council should have proper weight, and if he was giving evidence upon the Bill he should feel bound to voice the opinions of the majority. At the sj)ecial meeting it was resolved to make several additions to the Bill, and if it was illegal to strike a clause out because they had not an absolute majority it was equally illegal to make any additions for the same reason. He felt that there was certainly something wrong in the letter just read having been kept from the 11th until the 20tb of March before it was read to the members of the Council. The Chairman said a lot had been said with regard to Clause 20, and lie thought there were one or two points which they did not quite grasp. Tho fiist point was with regard to their position under the present rate and new loans, and their position under the new rates and new loan. On the present rate of 3s. 9d. they must add 3d. for the new rate which would make a rate of 4s. 5d., less 2d., which would lie the decrease in respect of the expiring loans, which would leave a rate of 4s. 3d. If they took the new rate plus the 3s. 4d. district rate, and added the 8d. in respect of the new rate, they would have a rate of 4s. (less 2d. in respect of the expiring loans), which would leave a rate of 3s. lOd. Now, if they took the present water charges upon a cottage rated at£310: they would find it was 6s. 6d., which, with the dis- trict rate "f 9s. lid., would utake a total rate of 16s. 5d. Under the new charged the total rate would he 17s. Id. or Is. Id. advance. This would mean an increase of id. per week for water, and a reduction of ld. per week in respect of the expiring loans. If they looked carefully into figures, they would find that house consumers of water got a relief £1,207, or 36 per cent, of the JB3,350 which would result from the increased water charges. In the district there were nearly ten thousand nouses which were rated at less than JE8, and, taking lodgers into account, they could not reckon less than seven persons to each house. From ealcultations he found that the people would get 1,225 gallons of water for 2d., and even if they only got 1,000 gallons at that price he did not think anyone could contend that it was an extrarngant figure for a water consumer to pay. Everybody he had spoken to upon the matter was of opinion that the figure was an exceedingly fair one. But for trade purposes they proposed charging 6d. per 1,000 gallo is of water. Mr. David Davies: Before the resolution is seconded, do I understand that before it can lie pro- perly passed there must be an absolute majority of the Council ?—The Chairman: Yes.—Mr. D. Davies: Then nine must vote for it. It is good for nothing then unless there are eight councillors besides yourself voting for it. Of course, you will have the casting vote if we are equally divided.—The Chairnan: Yes but I told Mr. Dan Thomas that I hoped the Council would not leave me in that position. I should very reluctantly give a casting vote upon a question like this. Mr. Harpur seconded the motion, and said he considered that it was only just that Clause 20 should remain part of the Bill. Of course some of them would say that be represented a large interest, but irrespective of that he considered the clause a just one, and he thought it would be most unfair to leave it out of the Bill.—Mr. Thomas Thomas The Vice- Chairman told us that certain things have heen added to the Bill already; is that true?—The Chairman: Nothing can be added until the Bill comes before committee.—Mr. Evan Lewis said he should very much like to know how this Clause 20 got into the Bill. In the report upon the whole matter which had been prepared by their clerk, there was not a word mentioned about this clause. He would very much like to know when and how this clause was slipped in.—The Chairman t Surely you don't want U3 to go through all the old minutes.—Mr. David Davies said he had spoken to several members of the old Board, and they knew nothing about this clause. A resolu- tion having been passed by a previous special meeting to eliminate the clause from the Bill, he would like to know if the chairman was in order to move his notice before the previous resolution was rescinded.—The Chairman I want to ascertain the feeling of those present at this meeting, and there are two ways of doing it-either the course I have taken, or for some one to move that we confirm the previous resolution, —Mr. Wills It was a.t Mr. Davies' instigation that this meeting was called, and what good ia it if we can't pa^s a resolution. —Mr. Thomas Thomas moved that the meeting be adjourned until Saturday to give the absent members an opportunity of beiug present. If they went on as they were going, they would simply be fooled again.—Mr. D. Davies seconded. Mr. Wills said he thought it would be one of the greatest errors possible if they omitted Clause 80 from the Bill. He would be vwry oi rv to go back to tht< low scale of the Act of 1858, as they were going to spend £120,000 on a new reservoir, and they must of ) necessity have an increased charge upon those who r used the water. He mitirely disputed the statement that the new charges would fall most heavily on the working classes. They had 9,251 houses rated at £7, which only left 2,586 houses to be accounted for. If they took the 4,601 housce that were rated froai 10s. to £3 10s. they would find that with the district rate and the new water charge, the increase would only be h" 2d. per annum, or about one penny per month. If they went into the figures they would end that the houses occupied by the class of in- habitants which constituted the majority of the population would only he increased from ^d. to a penny per week. As the water was a thing entirely outside the public rates, he maintained that those who used the water were the proper j>ersons to pay for it. When the Bill was passed they would have a scale which they could not exceed, but there wa3 nothing whatever to prevent the Council from granting relief to anv class of ratepayers who felt specially affected by the new rates, and there were one or two instances with which he did not entirely agree. He objected to the deficit on the waterworks being continually saddled on ths district rate. They would have a good ncale, and then they could grant relief to any special case. —Mr. David Davies was al*)ui to speak, when the Chairman called him to order; remarking that they had already thoroughly thrashed the matter out, and no amount ef talk would alter the opinion of the Council oneway or the other.—Mr. David Davies Do you deny mo the right tospeak ?—The Chairman You have spoken already.—Mr. David Davies I have not spoken upon your motion. Continuing, Mr. Davies said he considered that this Was one of the most atrocious things that he had ever heard of. It was nothing hut an attempt to make one law for the rich and another for the poor. Mr. Wills had said a good deal about how some people invested their money. He (Mr. Davies) thouerht everylxjdy had aright to invest their money where they liked, and he only hoped that they all got it honestly. They weie not sent to that Council to represent certain interests, but to represent the ratepayers generally, and if they adhered to these proposed charges they would get such a storm that it would take some time to quell it. MT. J. Owen said he eupported the new charges on the ground that the water should lie made to pay for itself. He was not iu favour of enforcing the new charges in all cases, but as he understood it the Council would have full power to lessen the charges in cases where they were proved to be too high. The amendment to adjourn was put to the meeting and lost by nine votes to six. The Chairman then put his motion to allow the clause to remain in the Bill, which was carried by nine votes to six, the voting firing: For, the Chairman. Messrs. D. W. Jones, H. W. Lewis, J. Harpur, David James, W. Bell, V. A. Wills, Thomas Jenkins, and Joseph Owen (9); against, Messrs. David Davies, J. 1.1. Atkins, T. Thomas, Evan Lewis, J. Rolierts, and John Lewis (6).—Mr. David Davies: Here's a nice thing.—Mr. Evan Lewis: Nothiug but a trick.—The Chairman You will give me the credit for wanting to do what is fair. I shall give Mr. Dan Thomas and Mr. W. Lewis every possible assistance to place their views liefore the committee. If we lose our case we shall not cry over it. FURTHER ACTION TO BE TAKEN. In the course of an interview with a Tinted reporter on his return from London Mr. Dan Thomas stated that A new clause more objectionable even than Clause 20 was smuggled into the Bill at the List moment. At the outset, Clanse 20 was a percnissivn one, and allowing the charges to be the maximum but the proviso added made it incumlient upon the Council to enforce that clause and the charges as long as there WRS any deficit in the water accounts. Mr. Thomas added that he was going to ask the Council to oppose this proviso, and he believed they would join hands with him on that question but both at the Council and when the Bill comes before the House of Commons the opposition will be carried on to the bitter end. An indignation meeting was held at Merthyr Vale last (Wednesday) night. THE INFAMOUS WATER CHARGES. A lady from the Plymouth Ward send* us the following poem :— Down with the *vater charges, my boys .4.11 of you 8hout and make a screat noi.-e Nevfir was freedom M shamefully :-o!'i To help to make richer tht owners of ,!Cold, Jlijrh let us brand th' invertebrate crew Of Dowlais, Cyfarthfa, and old Troedyriii^ May we an join in single accord. And hurl from their seat* tbe ridiculous haide. Sound it abroad tbrough ea*t and through west, In lanspiage of boldness, and clearness and -est, That the voters may see who are their friends. And at the next day make stern amends. Fortb from their seats send the wt-aV-kneed away: Out of your confidence ther make tiue hsy Out then, say, with the comp..nie; 1,Ien, Give them 110 chance to barr.b007.lv *s again.
COUNTY COUNCIL BYE- ELECTIONS. NOISY PROCEEDINGS AT ABERDARE. On Wednesday evening a very stormy meeting was held at Bethel Chapel, Gadlys, to select a candidate for the County Council seat rendered vacant by the elevation of Mr. David Morgan to 'lie alderiiianic bench. Considerable ill feeling has been occasioned by this election, and the public are in a somewhat irritable mood. In the first place, the claims of t' e Rev. Ben Evans are con-idered supreme by some because he is a resident within the ward, and because he declined to oppose a Labour candidate at the last election. On tne other hand the claims of Mr. Richard Morgan, the china dealer, are great liecause of past exjierience upon the committees of the County Council, and the successful fighting which he has done upon all municipal matters. In this manner the tit-ctioa fever grows apacc. It was reported in the Merthyr Tt 1,1 fy last week that a representative meet- ing heid at the Temperance Hall had decided upon supporting the candidature of Mr. Richard Morgan. On Monday a meetinsr was held to elect the Rev. Ben Evans for the post this meeting was adjourned to the Gospel Hall on Tuesday. Here matters assumed such a degree of animation that a further adjourn- ment to Wednesday night was imperative. The chapel was crowded. Mr. William Jones was voted to the chair and Mr. Tom Powell to the vice- chair. The first business was to read a letter from the Rev. B. Evans refuting certain charges made against him by Mr. William Thoma" and Mr. Thomas Jenkins. The meeting became very excited at this point, several men sjxsaking at the game time. Order was eventually restored, and the Chairman an- nounced thnt they would consider whether it was desirable to go outside the limits of the ward to seek a candidate, or whether it would loe advisable to con- fine the selection to the Gadlys district. He asked that those who intended speaking should do so in a calm spirit. Mr. Da\ id Thomas wanted to know why that meet- ing was called at all. It seen ed there was a certain amount of jealousy prevailing.—The Chairman pro- ceeded to explain, but was called to the Question." —It was promised and seconded that the electors he not restricted to the Gadlys Ward to select a can- didate. Mr. William Evans did not know what the object of this meeting was until he came home from work. The people of the country cry for Home Rule, and why not apply that principle to this case ? This was eventually seconded, but as there were so many apeaking at the same time it was impossible to know who seconded it. Mr. David Williams arose and said he had come there to propose Mr. Thomas, Brynhyfryd, and was proceeding to descrihe the good qualities of his favourite man, amidst shouts of "Order" and "Question," when he was stopped by the Chairman. Cries of "Vote "from all quarters of the buildings caused the Chairman to put two propositions to the meeting. After the appointment of scrutineers and the separation of non-voters to the one end of the chapel, the voting was taken, and shewed 97 for the proposition, and 12 for the amendment. Thus the electors were set at liberty to appoint or nominate a man who was not absolutely a resident in the ward. The next business was the selection of a candidate, but before going to that, Mr. John Thomas wanted to know whether the electors present were prepared to stand by one man. Mr. Daniel Jones proposed that Mr. Richard Morgan be nominated as the proper candidate. He was a man who had done a great deal for the whole country and for Aberdare. He had been upon plat- forms and was an able opponent. He had fought against Sir W. T. Lewis, Dr. Jones, and other great Tories. Mr. John Thomas pointed out that they would only lend Mr. Richard Morgan to the No. 3 Ward for three years. They wanted a man who was able to work and in sympathy with the working-classes of the district.—Theproposition tf-asseconded by half-a-dozen speakers.—Mr. Sam Williams then rose and said that he knew he was in the minority (Cries of "Sit down there"). He proposed that they should have Mr. William Thomas, of the Waynes Arms (Cries "Oh," "Sit down '"). He did not think the seconder of the last resolution was a voter (Cries of "Yes, yes"). The speaker eventually fat down amidst great com- motion. Mr. William Evans said they were open to nomin- ate or support any capable man, and as Mr. Richard Morgan had proved himself adapted to the County Council business they should support him. Consider- able wrangling took place after this assertion. Eventually Mr. David Williams proposed that Mr. Thomas Jones should be nominated. Another man was also proposed, but the chairman drew the meet- ing to order by calling for seconders." As these were not forthcoming, the proposition in favour of Mr. Richard Morgan was put to the meeting and carried by a large majority. The assembly then broke up amid great confusion. ANOTHER MEETING. Mr. Nicholas Morgan presided over a crowded meeting at Bethel Vestry on Friday evening, to further the candidature of Mr. Richard Morgan for the Gadlys Ward in the bye-election for the County Council. The Chairman, in opening the pro- ceedings, reported the great success which was attending the candidates prospects for election. The Rev. B. Harris. Mr. Ishmael Harris (secretary), aud others having spoken, Aldermau David Morgan stated that he had heard that Gadlys was all alive: the town portion was also all alive. He was sorry Mr. James was so foolish as to contest the seat if he really meant to do so. He was willing to take his oath that Mr. James would poll very little over two hundred. He could understand Mr. W. Thomas, Brynawtl, con- testing at the last election. There was a rumour about that the Rev. Ben Evans, Gadlys, would sar that there was an understanding between hi.n and the speaker with reference to the last general Countv Council election to the cRect that if the Rev. Ü. Evans would keep entirely aloof he (Mr. Morgan) was not to say anything against him should a bye-election take place. He was there prepared to take an oath that such was not the case; there was nl) truth in it whatever. Mr. Morgan, the candidate, s;aid that some time ago an application was made for a dramatic license fur the Empire Theatre. He was upon the Local Government Committee and opposed It because the place was really put upon for the trade of a few public-hou'j-c:i connected with ÜlfJ 1\.wk Brewery, In consequence of his attitude taken then he had lost a great deal in his trade, but he did not mind that. He fought for the general interest and not for ons single party. The oppo«ing candidate at this election was as slippery as an eel, and if returned it would bs as an eel that he slipped in. All the publicans would vote for Mr. James. A man came to his (the speaker's) house a few days aeo to ask him to with- draw in favour of Mr. Tom Jones, Brynhyfryd but his reply was that he could not CM en if he wished. It was the electors that had nominated him :md only by their consent could he withdraw. At this juncturu several men came into the room from it meeting which had l>een held by Mr. James Henry James in another part of the district, and Mr. Gwilym Evans said that a vote uf confidence had !>een carried almost unanimously in favour of Mr. R, Morgan. This announcement was received with pro- longed cheers and applause. — A vote of confidence j was passed in Mr. Morgan and carried, but lvf->re the assembly dispersed it WaS announced that Mr..James was outside and ai-ked permission to attend that meeting, which was, of course, granted amidst great | excitement. When Mr. James entered the room he was accorded a good cheer. In the course of an address he.»aid he was not willing to throw up the sponge now for any man, especially as he had been asked to stand for this wara. He was a young man, and thought he could hold his own in this ward (A Voice: Try it, then "). Many charges had been made against him. It was said that he was a Tory (cries of So you are"). That was not so he was a Literal, The speaker continued his speech amid much inter- ruption. When he concluded there were half-a-dozen speakers on their feet, but the Chairman called upon Mr. Harris to speak first. Mr. Harris pointed out that Mr..Tames had assisted Mr. T. Rees, the Swan, who was a. Tory. Mr. Morgan had had a meeting at the Temperance Hall, when about 60 persons were present and carried a unanimous vote in favour of Mr. Morgan. It was clear that the electors were in favour of Richard Morgan. To call another meeting would be simply useless (cheer*I. Mr. J. H. James slid that in reply to the charge with reference to his assisting Mr. Tom Rees, he did so because Mr. Thomas Davies was not going to stand, and his name had been put upon the hills without his consent he was, therefore, liound to address the meeting at Aberaman, but if they called a meeting for the Temperance Hall tomorrow night he would he willing to abide by the decision. There was great commotion upon this statement being made, and the chairman had to threaten to vacate the chair before order could lie restored. Mr. Jacob, Mr. Ishtnat-1 Harris, and several others having spoken with "reference to the charges against the candidate and the good qualities of Mr. Morgan, Mr. James Henry James was granted a hearing, and amidst a most disorderly and exciting crowd said he was willing to withdraw. only he wanted them as men to look upon him with no disrespect. He had teen voung and foolish,and had been taught a srood lesson. Let young men not make sinal! of anybody who tried for any post. Let them never turn their back upon W »!es, but fight for Cymru. as he had done. The Chairman thanked Mr. James for the splendid way in which he had withdrawn, and for the ulucky manner in which he had conic to that meeting. A hearty vote of thanks to Mr. James and others brought a most excitable meetiny to a close. NOMINATIONS. Saturday was the last day for nominating candi- dates for the seats rendered vacant by the granting of aldermanic honours to some of the members of the County Council. The following are the local nomin- ations — GKLLTIAELOU.—John Lloyd Atkins, auctioneer (Ch. and Lib.), John Evans, draper. DowiaisfNon. ?nd Lib.), Thomas Edward Morgan, licensed victual- ler (Ch. and Con.). PKNYDARRKN.—Dan Thomas, licensed victualler (Ch, and Con.), Thomas Williams, gentleman (Non. and Lib.). GADLYS, ABKRDARE.—T. Whitty Evans, auctioneer and innkeeper (N011. and L.U.), Rev. Richard Morgan, Methodist minister and china merchant (Non. and Lib.). AT ETHOLWYR ADR AN GELLIFAELOU. ANWTL GYD-ETHOLWVB, Dymunwyf nl", eich sylw at yr etholiad sydd nr bwys. Y mr,> tri ym- geiaydd ar y maes, tH1 0 ha rai yw Mr. Atkins, arwerthwr, Gelhfaelog, ae y mae yn sicr o fod yn un n'r dynion mwyaf cymhwys i gynrychioli yr ad ran hon ar y Cyngor S:r" Y mae wedi ei eni a'i fagu vn yr adran, ac felly yn deall yr adran yn dda. Hefyd y mae v protiad v mae wedi gael fel arbrisiwr (valuer) yn ei gymhwyso i fod yn aelod gwasanaethgar ar y cyngor. V mae yn ddvn o gymeriad moesol di- argyhoedd. ac yn eael gair da gan bawb. Y mae yn Rhyddfrydwr cynbyddol o'r ia-.vu ryw, fel v prawf yr hyn y mae wedi ei wneyd eisocs ar y Cyngor Dosbarthol, yn ddyn o ran oedran yn cvfateb i waith cyhoeddus, a gc-llir ei restr 11 gvda'r Young Wales Purty. Dyma't dynion i'n cynrydiioli ar y byrddan cyhoeddus, ac nid dynion sydd wedi treulio eu nerth allan mewn masnaeh er gwneyd fortunes, ac yna yn galw ar y cyhoedd i'w hanrhydeddu trwv eu gosod ar y gvvahanol fyrddau i fwynhau eu lrinain.—Ydwyf, l" 0' I: ADKAN.
SLIDING-SCALE OR CONCILIATION BOARD. [BY A CoKIlESi'ONDKNT.j ThO!! haJlot ha" uo\ (It-:>n taken, and a great majority of the miners of South Wales have declared m favour of the SJiding-scale as a means for the regulation of wages. But it should be borne in mind that this is only fur the time teing." Anyone who is foolish enough to imagine that all those who voted for the Sliding-scale on this occasion are satisfied with the scale, either injts present or any other form, is greatly mistaken. They have merely accepted it for the time teing," as i- distinctly stated on their ballot papers. It i3 a make-shift "which they, under the force of circumstances, are obliged to put up with until such time as they are able to procure something tetter. The colliery workmen of South Wales are beginning to take a/livelier, deeper, and more intelligent interest in matters of this kind than they have hitherto done, and their eves are gradually opening to the fact that the Sliding-scale, good as it has teen, and much as it has been praised, still leaves much to be desired as a means for the regulation of wages. It is founded on a wrong principle to begin with, the principle that a man must wt.rk for what he can get. This principle might have had manvsup- portets 20 years ago, when the scale was formed. There are many who still believe in it but, thank heaven, their number is continually decreasing. Tiiera is abettor and a purer gospel which is gradually gaining ground, which teaches that a man must work, not for what be can pet, but for his living. The man who works has a right to live, and to live in the truest sense of the word. He has a right, not only to the hare necessities of life, but he has a right to live in comfort. The tendency of the future is to secure to the producer of the article a comfortable living as a first charge on the price of the article sold. An article that is not in sufficient demand to secure a comfortable living to the pro- dncer had better not be produced at all. But the Sliding-scale revetse" all this it says to the collier, "You must woik for what you can get vour wages will depend upon what I can get for the ton of coal, and your wages, your bread, yourlifeisa mere question of supply and dpmand." This is the fundamental principle of the Sliding-scale, a principle which many are teninning seriously to question, as to whether it is worthy of our present stage of civilisation and social evolution. Hut the action of the present Sliding-scale is two-fold it acts as an automatic regulator of wages, but it also acts as a Conciliation Board. The joint committee of the Sliding-scale meet every month, but they have nothing to do with this Sliding-scale this barometer which registers the pressure of the market acts independently of them. Their business is simply to settle any disputes which may arise tetween employers and workmen they act as a conciliation board. But even here the result, owing to the constitution of the lioaid, is not one of the test. The cases which xare brought before this committee for settlement are 95 per cent, of them complaints of workmen against their employers for breaches of custom, violation of agreements, or infringement of rules. You can imagine the result when such cases as this come before a body of em- ployers for their consideration, and when, moreover, you have one of the employers who is not-well, to say the least—the most humane, or the most sym- pathetic of them. in the chair, the result is a foregone conclusion. Only fancy the situation where the com- plainant has pleaded his case before a jury of defen- dants, and with one of the defendants sitting as judge upon the case. with power to stop the case at any time and refuse to proceed with the hearing, to refuse to accept this, that, or the other evidence, or even to refuse to hear the case of all. Both cases are t parallel, and both are eaually ridiculous, a fact which I the miners of South Wales are quickly realising, and we may expect ere long to hear that the days of the Sliding-scale, even for the time teing," are num- tered.
TERRIBLE COLLIERY ACCIDENT. TWO MEX KILLED AND TWO INJURED. A most deplorable accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon at the South Tunnel Pit, near Vochriw, which resulted in the death of two men and in serious injuries to two others. It appears that three men were engaged in clearing a fall that had occurred on the previous night, when a second fall took place, and tefore the men could escalJe it buried the three. Thomas Jones, fireman, who was passing at the time, was also buried under the dtbrt'g. Two of the injured were rescued a.bout 8 p.m., and the two poor fellows who met their death were brought to I,.tllk ateut one o clock on Wednesday morning. The j following is a list of the. killed and injured :— 1. Thoma" Jones, fireman, ".2. North-street, l'eny- darren (widower, with three children), killed. 2. Chas. Powell, timterman, Dowlais, killed. 3. Watkin Thomas, tiniterman, Church-street, Penydarren (injuries to head aud body). 4. Thomas Janes, 111 flit fireman injured). P.S. Bennett, Penydarren, has communicated with the coroner, but it is not yet known when the inquest will take place.
MK. ALLEN UPWARD AT ARERAMAN On Tuesday evening, the Rev. H. P. Jenkins presided over a Cymru Fydd meeting held at Saron Hall, Ateranian. Mr. Anen I'pward was the chief speaker. Mr. Upward alluded to the experience of the Irish national movement as an example which should be copied by the Welshmen of the Cymru Fydd League. He explained the constitution of the League. The coal industry and its effect upon the success of Wales was alluded to, and a comparison was drawn between the coal producers and the Irish farmers, and the neces-ity of the Cymru Fvdd League to secure the same rights and priveleges to the coal- workers a" the hi"1 National Party secured for their farmers. The neglect of lateur legislation, the s|>eaker said, WHS the effect of |>oor organisation and lack of Labour representation at the House of Com uioiis, and the overplus of the representation of property owner-. The nationalisation of minerah was n« vt dealt with and the greater success of tte coal trade, and it;- complete success depended upon it. Other sueakers followed, and R resolution supporting thy Local Veto Bill was passed.
Correspondence. there any that in a place like Ireharris. with the population of a small town, jx'ople should te under the necessity of walking over a mile, on not one of the test of roads, to register every birth and every death that takes place I have on several occasions seen women, looking scarcely able to walk, carrying liab:es from four to six weeks of age, slowlj' and pain- fully dragging themselves along that weary mile in order to register the birth ot the little one they carried. They were not able to do it, but obligation is no choice: they must, the law demands that it should he done. Moreover, the attendance of the registrar is at such an inconvenient hour that the father is not able to go there to meet him without losing a day's work, and at the same time, a day's pay, which, at the present rate of wages, he can ill afford to do. If the law compels the fulfilment of a duty, the law should surely provide every facility for carrying out that duty, and the convenience of the people should te studied, both as to time and place.— I am, sir, ONE or THK PKOFLE. CO OPERATORS, TRADE UNIONISTS, AND THE COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION. Sm, You did me a service in a recent issue r- the above election: and in your issue of the 21st I am rather vaguely replied to by Mr. Rees. After reading his letter I sat down and wept. To think I had drawn him out of his shell I am roundly abused as a mysterious being of the worst type. He very directly intimates that unless the great myself throws off my assumed nam de plume I may reckon upon my communication being treated with my having the last word. Why should I unfold my name ? I have nothing to gain or lose I at least by corre-pondence do not wish to aspire to a name perhajw my friend does it is not a question of persons on my side, but principle. Mr. Rees should reply to the argument, not the writer. He further says This is a grave charge," 4c. No steps were taken to obtain the view", of the candidates on the question from the electors' point of view. We have the courage of our convic- tions at Treharris." Of course, excepting the writer. Mr. Rees is prepared to justify his position, &c. let us have this interesting addition to his very feeble reply. I would fain pass over the larger and remainder part of his letter which is not to the point. I am charged, however, with inconsistency, simply, sir, because I have endeavoured in a short and simple manner to enter my protest against fellow members of the Co-operative Society, and Trade Unionists degrading themselves by supporting certain candi- dates. I emphatically repeat it is degradation of the lowest type. Co-operators and Trade Unionists have attained thedeserved position of advanced democracy: they have been the first advocates of the legislation placed on the statute book they have never heeu found wanting when there is a nominee of labour selected and right well have they played their cards. If a nominee of labour had been selected in this case, what an honourable position for a Co-operator or Trade Unionist to be in There is something behind this, is it beer ? Can't be grocery. What ? Let us look forward to the day when protests such a" I have the unpleasant duty here to perform will be things of the past. I utterly repudiate his representation of Co-operators or Trade Unionists in his uncalled-for action in the said election and should Mr. Rees so decide to notice the remarks of yours obediently I will undertake to reduce my former letter, i.e., the charges. The point at issue is: was Mr. Rees' actions in connection with the recent County Council election becoming a Co-operator and Trade Unionist? Thanking you, sir, for your usual courtesy, and lioping it will te ?. long time tefore I have again to criticise one of my own fellow-workmen,—I am, ON THE SPOT.
HAULIERS MEETING AT MERTHYR. ANOTHER ATTACK ON MR. BAILEY. A crowded meeting of hauliers employed at the Plymouth collieries was held at the Glote Hotel, High-street. Merthyr. 011 Wednesday evening last. The main object of the meeting was to deal with charges of cruelty to horses which had recently teen made ajrainst the Plymouth Company, and the fines imposed upon the men. Inspector Warr, R.S.P.C.A., was present, and in. the course of a lengthy speech Mr. Morgan Thomas, the hauliers' agent, said he knew of cases in which horses were treated in a most cruel manner. He wished to God he was able to express in words how colliery horses had to suffer. It was enough to bring tears from any man's eyes. If Mr. Bailev pressed the fines against the men he advised the latter to stand united and keep the collieries idle until the employers choose to re-engage them on their own terms. When he saw Mr. As piith, the Home Secretary, that hon. gentleman informed him that if he could substantiate the acts of cruelty mentioned he would institute proceedings against the Plymouth Company without delay. Deal- ing further with Mr. T. H. Bailey, the speaker stated that the only thanks that gentleman had given the men who elected him to the District Council was to raise their rents 4s. per month: capitalists never t-epresented the people, therefore the workmen should at all times further the candidature of Lateur repre- sentatives. At the close a resolution was unanimously l>assed to the effect that if Mr. Bailey pressed the fines against the hauliers that the men snould cease work at once, and Mr. Morgnn Thomas promised that if they did so they would te financially supported by the Hauliers' Union.
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